The Three Songs You Need to Download This Week

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February 15, 2011 –

There’s a lot of music online–more than most people have time to keep up with. That’s why you’ve got us. Every week, we’ll point you toward three excellent new downloads or videos from chart-topping stars, cult favorites and unknown geniuses.

1. Oh, the Flaming Lips, please never change. Back in 1997, they made an album (Zaireeka) that’s a set of four CDs meant to be played simultaneously; now, they’ve released a new song, or songlike thing, called “Two Blobs F**king,” via YouTube. (No, it’s not quite safe for work, why do you ask?) It’s a set of a dozen videos that are also supposed to be played simultaneously, ideally on mobile phones. If you don’t happen to have eleven friends with mobile phones handy, somebody’s considerately put together a page with all twelve videos and a mixer to control them.

2. Merrill Garbus, who records under the name tUnE-YarDs, is a fascinating songwriter/singer/producer–her stuff is staggeringly catchy, steeped in a do-it-yourself production aesthetic, and as concerned with every instrument’s sound as with songs-as-songs. Over at her site, there’s a free MP3 of the excellent song “Bizness,” from her forthcoming album w h o k i l l.

3. Metal meant a lot of things in the ’80s, and the Foo Fighters’ video for “White Limo” (from Wasting Light, due out in April) incorporates most of them: massive distorted riffing, terrible hair, ultra-cheap VHS production values, hot babes, and sweet, sweet rides. As a bonus, the limo driver is played by the legendary Lemmy Kilmister–the frontman of Mötörhead and subject of the new documentary Lemmy: 49% Motherf**ker, 51% Son of a Bitch.

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